Motion Rejected: US Court Asks Craig Wright to Face Allegation of $10.2 Billion BTC Theft in Person
[ChainDD report] June 13 (ChainDD) A order released on June 10 showed the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida rejected the motion of Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur who self-proclaims as Bitcoin’s creator under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and required him appear in a Florida court on June 18 EST, to address an allegation that he stole 1.1 million Bitcoin (BTC) from his past old friend Dave Kleiman.
Wright initially requested to attend mediation in the form of video conference because the attendance in person is an unjustifiably burdensome for a foreigner who lives and works in the United Kingdom like him. His attorney defended that the information submitted by the plaintiffs is insufficient to force Wright travel to Florida for a legal proceeding that lasts “a few hour”.
However, in the filing of order, the District Judge Beth Bloom noted: “After a review of the record and the submissions by the parties, the Court does not find that a continuation of mediation is warranted. The Court further agrees with the Plaintiffs that personal appearance by the parties will promote meaningful participation at mediation.”
ChainDD noted the debate focus of the case between the plaintiffs, Dave Kleiman’s family, and the defender Wright is who is the real owner of W&K Info Defense Research LLC and who really controlled the company when Kleiman passed away in 2013, for it is the company that mined 1.1 million BTC for Wright and Kleiman and the amount of BTC valued at $10.2 billion when the suit was filed.